OAKLAND -- Nicholas Harris will never be free again.
The 19-year-old suspected gang member was sentenced Friday to 100 years to life in prison for killing two rivals on a Saturday afternoon in November 2010.
Harris, 17 at the time, was found guilty after a trial in which a prosecutor proved the teen was a killer using, among other evidence, eyewitnesses and recorded phone calls from jail in which Harris and his mother plotted strategies on how to intimidate witnesses and hide evidence.
Harris declined to make a statement at his sentencing Friday afternoon and showed no reaction as Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson declared that Harris would never walk the streets again.
But in an action that epitomized his attitude throughout the trial in June, Harris let out a loud belch as the mother of one of teenagers he killed was describing the pain caused by Harris' decision to gun down her child.
It was the only outburst of the hearing, which was watched over by an increased security force because previous court hearings were followed by street fights between Harris' family and the victims' supporters.
Some of those supporters spoke in court about the pain they have suffered and wondered why young men in the city continue to kill each other for no reason.
"What a sad occasion; the world has too much killings " said Marvel Banks, the grandfather of Edward Hampton, 17, one of the victims. "Young lives have
Harris used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun to kill Nario Jackson, 18, and Hampton as the pair sat in a blue Jaguar in front of the city's Acorn public housing development in the 1000 block of Eighth Street in West Oakland.
Deputy district attorney Charlie Wilson said Harris committed the killings to gain stature within his gang because at least one of the victims belonged to a rival gang.
While Harris' murders were reprehensible, the actions of his mother, Ranine Howell, after her son was arrested would "turn a lot of stomachs," Wilson said during the trial.
In several hours of recorded phone conversations Harris had with his mother from jail, Howell was recorded agreeing to help her son identify and intimidate witnesses. She is also recorded having conversations with Harris about what evidence police had against her son and whether or not he wore gloves during the killings.
Howell was never charged with a crime.
On Friday, the victims' families spoke of the tensions between the families and said it made it even harder to mend the emotional wounds.
"My best friend was taken from me, my baby," said Janel Hale, Jackson's mother. "I've been trying to move on, but I have to deal with the other side's bull crap."
Harris will have to serve all 100 years of his prison term before he would be eligible for parole, a requirement that ensures he will remain in prison for life, a punishment Hampton's grandmother said was just.
"It's appalling to me that the defendant and his family has showed no remorse," said Cynthia Joseph. "He should not be paroled at anytime because he is a menace to society."